2018 National League ALL-STAR Starters Announced Sunday Night
National League All-Star starters announced Sunday night with some big surprises.
The National League All-Star team has struggled over the past two decades with only three wins. However, now that the All-Star game does not determine home field advantage in the World Series, it doesn’t really matter. The MLB All-Star game has had its fair share of criticism over the years. From unfairly determining the World Series home team to lack of meaningful competition. While some of the disapproval of the game is warranted, us as baseball fans can enjoy one night of all the stars on one field.
By and large, the fans got it right this year with the All-Star voting. However, there are a few notable surprises in the outfield. One of the biggest surprises this season is the resurgence of Matt Kemp. The outfield is most known for his MVP snub back in 2012 and his sharp decline after that season. The other shocking pick is 34 years old Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves. This is Markakis’ first All-Star selection in his 13-year career so far. His 112 hits lead the National League.
Other notable starters include Bryce Harper who has struggled this season but his city is hosting the game. The leading vote getter is Atlanta Braves first basemen Freddie Freeman who is having a career year for the surprising Braves squad. A pair of Cubs got the starting nod as well, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez both in their first game. The last two players are San Fransico’s shortstop Brandon Crawford and Colorado’s third basemen Nolan Arenado. Both players have All-Star worthy seasons in the field and at the plate.
This seems to be the American Leagues year again to win the All-Star game but this group of guys is poised to break the streak!
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